Algonquin Books hopes to release legendary publisher Barney Rosset’s unfinished autobiography, tentatively titled The Subject Was Left-Handed, by the end of the year.
Vladimir Nabokov’s son Dmitri Nabokov died in Vevey, Switzerland, last Wednesday at the age of seventy-seven. According to the Times, Dmitri was “a bon vivant, a professional opera singer, a race car driver and a mountain climber.” But he was best known as the executor of his father’s estate. After Vladimir’s death, Dmitri oversaw the publication of the novelist’s letters, stories, and unfinished novel.
The Washington Post closed its standalone book review, and the Los Angeles Times cut book coverage. But as the National Book Critics Circle’s Jane Ciabattari tells Publishers Weekly, it's not all bad: Book sections at the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Chicago Tribune show no signs of slowing down.
Have trouble remembering the books that you’ve read? Publishers Weekly offers tips on “How to Cure Reading Forgetfulness.”
Inspired by Wallace Stevens, Jeff Gordiner takes a literary pilgrimage to Hartford, Connecticut, which, thanks to the poet, he claims, “could probably rival the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco as a wellspring of psychedelic imagery.”
A kind of Spotify for books has launched in Spain. For ten euros a month, Booquo subscribers get all the e-books they can read—as long as they’re put out by the right publishers.